Overall, recent alumni are more likely than earlier alumni to report studying abroad and traveling internationally as a part of their business school experience, according to new findings from the 2018 Alumni Perspectives Survey.
The survey solicited responses from 10,882 alumni worldwide representing 274 institutions and a wide variety of program types. Additional survey findings associated with business school international education can be found in a new survey report published on gmac.com this week.
Key findings include:
- Among responding alumni who graduated in 2016 or 2017, 43 percent were international students, compared with just 6 percent of alumni who graduated in 1990 or earlier.
- Fifty-nine percent of alumni who graduated in 2016 or 2017 report their business school class was very diverse internationally, compared with 9 percent of alumni who graduated in 1990 or earlier. Recent alumni report more frequent and higher quality interactions with international students as a part of their business school experience.
- Alumni who graduated in 2016 or 2017 report an average of 48 percent of their coursework had an international focus, compared with just 14 percent for alumni who graduated in 1990 or earlier.
- Business school alumni who had a more internationally-oriented curriculum tend to report stronger career outcomes. For example, alumni who strongly agree that they have received more promotions than peers without their degree report an average of 40 percent of their curriculum had an international focus. Alumni who strongly disagree report an average of 34 percent of their curriculum had an international focus.
- International and domestic alumni alike rate the value of their graduate management education highly and express satisfaction with their educational experience. Knowing what they know now, more than 9 in 10 international and domestic alumni would still pursue their degree.